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Old 02-28-2013, 08:06 PM
 
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Mexico. Most US chains are poorly represented or absent in Mexico. Also, India, where I think there is almost a complete absence of foreign chains, and even very few imported cars.
Have you ever been to Mexico? You can find a Bojangles in Puebla mexico, but can't find any in the west cost of the USA. Also Walmart is the country largest private employer.
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Old 10-06-2013, 05:58 PM
 
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My favorite kind of independent stores/businesses are for café bars, restaurants, furniture home item stores, some bookstores, some supermarkets, nightlife bars, some clothing stores, some hotels, not too much corporate economic companies.

However, I don’t mind some chain stores for supermarkets, clothing stores, some hotels, and probably prefer an even mix of independent vs. chain stores for those form of stores/businesses in the second category.

I want to know more places all over the world where independent stores/businesses are most popular and prominent, and a lack of chain stores. However, I have a pretty good idea for some of those places in my original list: Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Vienna, Prague, Lyon, Nice, Stockholm, Buenos Aires, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Bangkok, Taipei.

I would usually avoid the cities where there is too much chain stores, a lack of independent stores/businesses: Dubai, Dallas, Phoenix, Atlanta, Indianapolis, plenty of suburbs in a lot of countries, Dublin, Edmonton.

These cities have an even mix of both main kinds of businesses: Paris, London, Chicago, New York City, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo, Singapore, Melbourne.




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If you can afford Stureplan, you should be there.
They have a great book store in Sturegallerian, btw.
The great thing about Vasastan is that it is absolutely quiet just one or two blocks away from the major streets. Specially the western part almost has a small town feel in Stockholm Sweden.
Well, I actually would prefer to live in the outskirts of Vasastan compared to the middle of Stureplan for neighborhoods in Stockholm, especially if Vasastan is less than 1 hour away from Stureplan. The same reason you said in the earlier posts.

I love the entertaining, vibrant neighborhoods for the day time, and for some weekend nights. However, I find it overrated to actually live right in them. I rather live in a very quiet neighborhood where I have plenty of living space, especially night time to mid morning, and have a close easy commute less than 1 hour away to my favorite busiest neighborhoods for entertainment.

Then again, a place is able to easily have plenty of popular independent stores/businesses form of entertainment, a lack of chain stores, and be very quiet at the same time.




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Mexico. Most US chains are poorly represented or absent in Mexico.
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Really? My Mexican friends are always talking on Facebook about how they want Burger King, how delicious their delivery pizza from Domino's was, how they spent the day shopping at a mall in Villahermosa or Merida and topped it off with a luxury dinner at Applebee's, etc.

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Have you ever been to Mexico? You can find a Bojangles in Puebla mexico, but can't find any in the west cost of the USA. Also Walmart is the country largest private employer.
This really depends on the exact region of Mexico. However, almost all of Mexico continues to have too much chain stores, and the tacky chain stores, or whatever. I probably went to an area of Mexico ranking well for not having too much chain stores compared to most other regions of Mexico. I visited the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico around Cancun-Tulum-Coba for 2 weeks, and loved the travel experience over there. I felt like there was a decent amount of independent stores/businesses in the Yucatan region of Mexico.
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Old 10-07-2013, 03:06 PM
 
Location: Boston, MA
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NYC has way way more independent storefronts than chains.
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Old 10-07-2013, 05:21 PM
 
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AMERICA HANDS DOWN


lol, just kidding guys no need to get defensive, okay we can all agree that America, Canada and maybe Australia have the most chain run restaurants! My vote goes to Russia!
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